The Impact of Globalization on Taiwan’s Hi-Tech Industry

By Kuan-Chou Chen and Chuang Carin.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Over the past two decades, Taiwan has made great strides in raising the level of its science and technology, contributing markedly to the country’s economic strength as a whole. Taiwan is better known as its hi-tech industry and the U.S’s eighth largest trading partner. This experience in high-tech development has provided great inspiration in many areas. In the course of high-tech development in Taiwan, the government has played a key role in creating a proper environment. In the early stages, the government stressed establishing special funds for national scientific development, working out long-term plans and organization of specific responsibilities, and completing experimental centers for academic research and expensive and valuable instruments. At the present stage, emphasis is on carrying out a policy of industrial upgrading in the area of science and technology and bolstering national competitiveness through science and technology legislation. The government has long devised policies to develop important technologies based on the recommendations of the national science and technology conferences, which solicit opinions from industry, government agencies, and academic institutions. Through the investment of money and manpower, the government has worked to create a macro-environment favorable to high-tech development. In this presentation, we will examine in the ear of globalization, Taiwan from the perspective of hi-tech changes and growth patterns in order to elucidate the lighter and darker faces of globalization and its impact on Taiwan society.

Keywords: Taiwan’s Hi-Tec Industry, Government Policy, Globalization

Global Studies Journal, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.143-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.041MB).

Dr. Kuan-Chou Chen

Department Head, Department of Information Systems, School of Management, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, USA

Kuan C. Chen is Department Head of Department of Information Systems at Purdue University Calumet. His primary teaching responsibilities are in database management, computer programming, e-business, decision support systems, knowledge management, project management, and system analysis and design. Research interests are focused on the system management, network design and security, instructional design for information technology training, data mining, system dynamics, information technology economics of information systems, and applications of neural networks to network design. In his consulting career, he specialized in database design and management, information technology project evaluation and feasibility studies, web site planning and analysis, and networking planning and design. Prior to coming back academia, Dr. Chen worked as information analyst and project manager for four years. Dr. Chen received a 2005-2006 outstanding teaching award in Purdue University Calumet. Dr. Chen holds two doctoral degrees in Applied Economics and Hospitability Information Systems from the Michigan State University as well as a MBA degree in Management Sciences from National Cheng-Kung University at Taiwan. He has published numerous journal articles in information systems, decision support systems, data mining, instructional design, and systems thinking model. He is an active participant in several professional journals and serves on four journals reviewer boards. He has been taught at several universities: Lansing Community College, Purdue University West Lafayette, Bowling Green State University, IVY Tech State College, and Davenport University. He also was acting Department Head of Department of Accounting at Purdue University Calumet in 2006- 2007. Dr. Chen was nominated as a 2006 and 2007 outstanding scholar award in Purdue University Calumet.

Chuang Carin

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer & Information Technology, School of Technology, Purdue University North Central, Westville, USA

Carin Chuang is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer & Information Technology at Purdue University North Central. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in database design and analysis, Internet programming, e-commerce, and system analysis and design. Research interests are focused on the enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementation and evaluation, technology access model, data mining, and neural network design for decision tools. Before entering academia, Carin has been spent over 15 years of professional experience in database administration and software developer for three Fortune 100 company in Chicago, Indiana and Michigan. She is certified JAVA developer, SQL Server Administration and Internet for Business. Carin earned her two Master degrees in Hospitability Information Systems and Urban Studies at Michigan State University, her Associate Degree in Information Technology from Lansing Community College in Michigan, and her Bachelor of Business Administration in International Management from Soochow University at Taiwan. Currently Ms. Chuang is working on her Doctoral degree in Technology Management at Purdue University West Lafayette.

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